When you visit Arches National Park, your goal is probably to see the very best natural arches. You’ll likely want to see the ones that make this park famous while also discovering some that are off-the-beaten-path, or lesser-known. I’m going to help make sure you see all of the best arches at Arches National Park!
With over 2,000 arches in Arches National Park, it can be difficult to narrow down exactly which ones to prioritize. In this guide, I’m going to reveal the 7 best arches at Arches National Park that you absolutely cannot miss!
Tips For Visiting Arches National Park
- Timed-entry tickets are required for each vehicle that enters Arches National Park between April 1 and October 31, 2024, from 7 AM – 4 PM daily.
- Make sure you bring your America the Beautiful National Parks pass to get into Arches for FREE.
- The best time to visit Arches National Park is spring and fall.
- Pack in your food and snacks. There is no food in the park!
- Plan to spend at least one day in Arches National Park…more if you have time!
- Camp in the park or stay overnight in the town of Moab.
What Are the Best Arches at Arches National Park?
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1. Sand Dune Arch
In my opinion, Sand Dune Arch is the best arch in Arches National Park! Not only is it unique from the other arches, but it is less-visited, lesser-known, has a fun little “slot canyon,” and bonus: you get to cool off in the shaded alcove, which is a nice relief from the hot desert temperatures.
To get to Sand Dune Arch, travel about 16 miles on the main scenic drive from the visitor center to the Sand Dune Arch trailhead. The arch is hidden from the road. You’ll have to hike the 0.4-mile out & back trail to get to it. Sand Dune Arch is tucked away behind some tall sandstone fins that form a slot canyon.
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2. Pine Tree Arch
Pine Tree Arch tends to get overshadowed by Landscape Arch. Many hikers choose to hike the Devil’s Garden trail straight to Landscape Arch without taking the spur to Pine Tree. But I’d encourage you to do so because not only is it a beautiful and impressive arch, but you could experience some solitude! This arch doesn’t see nearly the volume of crowds that Landscape Arch does.
To get to Pine Tree Arch, park at the Devil’s Garden trailhead. Start walking on the Devil’s Garden trail to Landscape Arch, and after about 0.2 miles, you’ll take the spur trail (to the right) to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. Tunnel Arch is first (located off another short spur) and then you’ll reach Pine Tree Arch, which is one of my very favorite arches in the park!
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3. Landscape Arch
Landscape Arch is a classic. You can’t go to Arches without seeing Landscape Arch, the longest arch in North America. This arch is also part of one of the best hikes in Arches National Park, Devil’s Garden!
To get to Landscape Arch, take the scenic drive to the very end and park at the Devil’s Garden trailhead. Hike the Devil’s Garden trail for about 0.9 miles until you reach Landscape Arch. Past the arch is the primitive portion of the Devil’s Garden trail, which I’d recommend hiking. You’ll get to see several more impressive arches back there!
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4. Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch is the most famous arch in Arches National Park. It also happens to be the largest freestanding arch in the park, too! It’s quintessential to see this natural wonder when visiting Arches National Park.
To get to Delicate Arch, travel about 11.5 miles from the visitor center along the main scenic drive until you reach Delicate Arch Road. Turn right and follow the road.
You have two options to see Delicate Arch: you can hike the Delicate Arch trail to stand underneath the arch or you can take the shorter trail to view it from afar from the Lower and Upper Viewpoints.
To hike the longer trail (and to stand underneath the arch), park at the first lot on the left after you turn onto Delicate Arch Road. Hike the 1.6-mile trail (one-way) to the freestanding arch.
To see it from the viewpoints, follow Delicate Arch Road past the trailhead and toward the signs for Upper and Lower viewpoints. The Lower Viewpoint only involves hiking 100 yards but the arch is about a mile away. The Upper Viewpoint involves hiking 0.5 miles (with stairs), and it offers a slightly less obstructed view.
BONUS: Delicate Arch is one of the best sunrise spots in Arches National Park!☀️
5 & 6. North and South Windows Arches
The Windows area is a spectacular area of the park due to its high concentration of natural arches. From an easy one-mile trail, you can see the North Window, South Window, and Turret Arches.
To get to the Windows Arches, travel about 9 miles from the Visitor Center, and then turn right onto Windows Road. The Windows parking lot is located at the end of the road.
You can view the Windows from the parking area, but I’d encourage you to take the one-mile easy hiking trail around the arches. There is also a longer primitive loop that winds behind the main Windows trail!
On the other side of the parking lot, there is another beautiful arch, Double Arch. You can access it via an easy 0.6-mile roundtrip trail.
PRO TIP: The best sunset view in Arches National Park can be found here: in the Windows area! ☀️
7. Private Arch
Private Arch is located on the Devil’s Garden primitive trail. While it’s smaller than most of the other arches on this list, and may seem less impressive than most, what makes it so special is its seclusion. This arch – and the other arches on the Devil’s Garden primitive trail – is less trafficked than many of the arches at Arches National Park. If you’re looking for privacy, venture to Private Arch!
To get to Private Arch, take the scenic drive to the very end and park at the Devil’s Garden trailhead. Start at the Devil’s Garden trailhead, veer right at the 0.8-mile mark (just before Landscape Arch) to enter the primitive portion, proceed about 1.7 miles around the loop, and take the spur trail on the left. The spur to Private Arch is about 0.4 miles out & back.
Continue on the Devil’s Garden primitive loop to see even more arches like Double O and Partition.
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What is the Best Arch in Arches National Park?
If you only have time to see one arch, I’d suggest seeing the classic Delicate Arch. There’s nothing more iconic than standing beneath that massive freestanding arch.
Where is the Best Arch to See the Sunset in Arches National Park?
The Windows Arches or Delicate Arch.
Where is the Best Arch to See the Sunrise in Arches National Park?
How Many Arches Are in Arches National Park?
There are more than 2,000 arches in Arches National Park! Interestingly enough, some have fallen while others may be forming.
What is the Largest Arch in Arches National Park?
Longest Arch: Landscape (306-foot span!)
Tallest Arch: Double Arch South (112-foot vertical opening!)
Largest Free-Standing Arch: Delicate Arch (46 feet high and 32 feet wide!)
Discover Your Next Adventure
Where to next? I’ve got some suggestions!
- Canyonlands National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Zion National Park
- Utah National Parks Itinerary
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